Domestic Violence - Help a Loved One
Tools for Helping Loved Ones
Are you worried a friend or family member may be involved in an abusive relationship? There are many steps you can take to help.
Most domestic violence victims feel very alone and confused as a result of the abuse. Victims often feel they have nowhere to turn – they may worry no one will believe them, they may blame themselves for the abuse, and they may fear their abuser will hurt them, their children, or their pets if they reveal the abuse to anyone outside their home.
You can take steps to help. Each of us has the power to reach out to someone we love and tell them that abuse is not their fault. Love shouldn’t hurt. And safety is possible.
Visit the following sections to learn more:
- Common Warning Signs of Domestic Violence (PDF)
- Understanding DV: The Power and Control Wheel (PDF)
- How to Help a Loved One: Do’s and Don’ts (PDF)
Click here for additional resources and helpful links.
Help is available to you. We encourage you to contact our trained Advocates with any questions or fears you may be experiencing.
Learn how you can help a loved one locked in the cycle of abuse by learning about Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence along with alternative approaches and strategies for supporting your loved one.
This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee and supported by Award No. 26698 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women.
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